"Yes, many of us believe in a higher power, and many believe in Jesus
Christ, and many even pray each day. But who among us would think that
blasphemy or heresy still deserves punishment? The bottom line is,
what once could get you ostracized or even killed in the West won't even
get you condemned nowadays-- worse, it may even get you praised. Even
accounting for the more literal interpretation of Islam, that sort of
laissez-faire attitude towards belief does not exist in the Islamic
world (at least not for non-Muslims-- obviously, all sorts of hypocrisy
exists within the Islamic world)."
This is something I have thought about for years, and have a tendency to agree with him. By and large, on outward appearance, that is, it seems as though followers of Islam (generally speaking) are much more devout than most people in the west who claim the title of "Christian". But is it just outward appearance? After all, Christians do not believe in blowing themselves up and taking innocent lives with them as being a moral and just thing to do. Therefore, an Islamic act of martyrdom is much more fanciful than anything a Christian will probably ever act out as a display of religious devotion. This makes it difficult to compare the two, in terms of "dedication". Perhaps these acts of martyrdom are nothing more than the delusional results of brainwashing, and really show nothing in terms of how well they practice their religion. This of course is not to say that "suicide bombing" is the only way they act upon their belief, just the most noticeable.
Part of me, however, has a hard time accepting that just because they pray in the open five times a day and burn down buildings because one of their prophets was desecrated that they are somehow more religious than those of us in the West. Every religion has different ways of expressing itself according to it's own dogma, and to compare them based on outward appearances becomes increasingly difficult the more time one spends on the subject.
At any rate, I will leave it at that for now, as I encourage you to read his whole post and share your thoughts. This is a topic that I'm sure will be visited upon many times here.